Bedford: Shostakovich & Rachmaninov

Wednesday 22 Nov 2017, 7:30pmBedford Corn Exchange, Bedford

Philharmonia Box Office : 020 7921 3907

Long Yu conductor

George Li piano

Glinka Overture, Ruslan and Ludmilla

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2

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Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

For Dmitri Shostakovich, his Fifth Symphony really was a matter of life and death. Written in Stalin’s USSR, this is music on the edge: a shout of defiance in a time of terror, and one of the most powerful and personal statements in all of 20th-century music. It’s a gripping contrast to the romance of Rachmaninov’s hugely popular piano concerto — played by the brilliant young American star George Li — and Glinka’s sparkling little firecracker of an overture.